Brain Cancer Survivor Shines as New "Barre Star"July 20, 2015
Ana Rombilus Griffin, a Fairfield resident, organized and hosted a private barre class this past May at Pure Barre in Fairfield, to promote Brain Tumor Awareness Month. This event introduced local residents to a workout while raising money for a great cause. The participants were encouraged to wear grey, as grey is the color for Brain Tumor awareness.
The $20 cost to attend the “barre-ty” was donated to the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance. Event participants were lead through an empowering exercise routine that utilizes a ballet barre to perform a total body workout.
Ana discovered the workout at Pure Barre after recently having been diagnosed with astrocytoma, a form of brain cancer. While many exercises can take a toll on the body, Ana has fortunately found this to be a perfectly paced workout that helps her body stay in shape without triggering symptoms related to her diagnosis and treatment.
"Pure Barre is my support system. I needed a workout that was low impact but could still give my body the power and strength I need to stay healthy and active while undergoing chemotherapy. I can already see changes in my body and it is so exciting!" said Ana Rombilus Griffin.
After the “barre-ty,” friends and family surrounded Ana for a celebratory dinner and to recognize Brain Tumor Awareness Month at Brick + Wood, a local pizzeria and wine bar.
The Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance was also honored to accept gracious donations from the restaurant’s owners and staff.